Extreme ultraviolet photolysis of CO2 - H2O mixed ices at 10 K

C. Y.Robert Wu, D. L. Judge, Bing Ming Cheng, Tai Sone Yih, C. S. Lee, W. H. Ip

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Experimental results on the spectral identification of IR absorption features and the production and depletion column densities produced through EUV photolysis of H2O + CO2 (4:1) mixed ices at 10 K are reported. A tunable intense synchrotron radiation light source was employed to provide the required high flux EUV photons. In this study the photon wavelengths used to irradiate the icy sample were selected to coincide with the prominent solar lines at 58.4 nm and 30.4 nm. A FTIR spectrometer was employed to obtain the in situ IR absorbance spectra produced through EUV photolysis of a given ice sample. Photon-induced chemical reaction products were primarily H2CO3 and CO. While new molecular species were formed, the original reactants were depleted, as expected. We report the yields for producing H2CO3 and CO and the yields for depleting the parent CO2 molecule through EUV photolysis of the mixed ices. We have searched for possible intermediate products H2CO and HCO, but could not positively identify their existences in the spectra. The results presented in this work are particular relevant to our understanding of chemical evolution and synthesis in H2O-rich icy satellites of the giant planets, comets, the interstellar medium, molecular clouds, and protestellar regions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-1 - 13-8
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research: Planets
Issue number4
StatePublished - 25 Apr 2003


  • Comets
  • Icy satellites
  • Infrared absorbance
  • Mixed ices
  • Molecular ices


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